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During closing arguments Thursday morning, Mike Brock, an attorney for General Motors, told jurors that it was Zachary Stevens' reckless driving that caused a 2011 crash. (Credit: AP)

GM Cleared By Jury In Texas Ignition Switch Trial

A jury in Houston on Thursday afternoon found it was not a defect in GM's ignition switch that was responsible for the 2011 wreck that injured Zachary Stevens and killed another, clearing the automotive giant following a three-week trial in a suit brought by Stevens.

  • ESPN Can't Dodge Privacy Suit Over Pierre-Paul Tweet

    New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul can proceed with his privacy suit against ESPN over a tweet depicting a photograph of his medical records, a Florida federal judge held Thursday, declining to toss the dispute despite First Amendment arguments raised by the media outlet.

  • VW Settles With US Dealerships In Diesel Emissions Case

    Embattled automaker Volkswagen AG told a California federal judge during a hearing on Thursday that it has reached a settlement with more than 650 U.S. franchise dealerships to buy back cars rendered unsellable by its diesel emissions scandal, saying that the agreement will be filed with the court before October.

  • Nationwide Scope Of Immigration Action Block Challenged By DACA Recipient

    An immigrant whose work authorization period was reduced after a Texas judge blocked President Barack Obama’s immigration executive actions filed a complaint Thursday seeking to exempt New York residents from the Texas injunction, arguing that it is “unlawfully broad.”

  • Mylan's Changes To EpiPen Prices A 'PR Fix,' Senator Says

    Mylan NV on Thursday said it would be expanding its program to help customers pay for its epinephrine injector EpiPen, in a move U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and America's Health Insurance Plans called inadequate to address its more than 400 percent increase of the drug’s price over seven years.

  • Fairchild Still On The Hook For $140M Award, Judge Says

    A California federal court on Wednesday shut down a bid for a new trial and let stand a $140 million jury award against Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc. for patent infringement, saying the company didn't even try to show how Power Integrations Inc.’s evidence was either unreliable or insufficient.

  • 1st Circ. Sides With Wal-Mart In Puerto Rico Tax Fight

    The First Circuit on Wednesday handed a win to Wal-Mart Stores Inc. in its fight against an amended Puerto Rico tax law that allegedly affects only the megaretailer, agreeing with a district court that the tax is clearly “discriminatory” and affirming a permanent injunction on its enforcement.



Exxon Global Warming Fight Opens New Frontier For Corporate Speech

By Ed Beeson

The oil giant’s use of the First Amendment in a bid to block government investigations into its statements about climate change is pushing the concept of corporate free speech into new territory.